“An aging glam rockstar and a ninja turtle walk into a bar…” It sounds like the start of a bad joke, right? Actually, it’s the start of a pretty sweet love story for a pair of Maine college students.
Avery & Tommy were studying at Bates College when a soccer connection first brought them together. Avery, a freshman, was on the girls’ soccer team and Tommy, a junior, was good friends with the team’s goalie.
“I spent a lot of time with (the goalie) and my other teammates and would often hear them refer to this ‘Tommy’ guy. He sounded like a lot of fun,” Avery told us. But, the two had yet to meet, until the soccer team hosted a Halloween party.
Avery & some friends dressed as the Ninja Turltes and Tommy came to the party rocking a rather impressive Elton John costume. “He was the life of the party and caught my eye immediately,” Avery said.
But, it was Avery’s dance moves across the room that caught Tommy’s eye. “She had an awkward turtle dance she was doing that I thought was hilarious,” he told us. “I don’t think we spoke much that night, but I knew she was special.”
Smitten by his sweet dancing turtle, Tommy used his soccer connections to get Avery’s class schedule and started doing a little “white collar stalking.”
“I knew when I would have a chance of seeing her between classes and would often post up outside of buildings where I thought she would be heading,” he said.
Their accidentally-on-purpose meetings resulted in mutually enjoyable chats that turned to text messaging and eventually, with the help of a friend, they ended up hanging out together one night. Nervous, but determined, Tommy asked Avery out on a date.
Fast forward five years, and a new date has been set ~ for Avery & Tommy’s wedding. The pair will say, “I do!” this summer here on beautiful Cape Cod.
We got to spend some time with Avery & Tommy last weekend, sans costumes, while they were on the Cape doing some wedding planning. And, it is obvious these two were meant to be together. They are sweet, funny, kind, caring people who obviously adore one another and we couldn’t be happier to get to share in this exciting time in their lives.
Here are a few of our favorite moments together:
Tommy, like most of the guys we meet, was nervous about being photographed. And, he giggled his way through the better part of the session, which, I must admit…I loved! His giggles were infectious…and I may have accidentally snorted once or twice myself.
Love Springs Eternal (I couldn’t resist)
Love is…cuddling up with your bestest turtle surrounded by daffodils.
you+ me = we
Wanna know what a woman in love looks like….here it is.
Avery & Tom have a way of making each other laugh…a lot. And, it’s exactly how it should be for best friends. Yaay for love!
hey fella…are you gonna kiss the girl? Mmmm, yup!
We ended our session where it first began, at Avery’s Aunt’s house in Woods Hole, where we’ll take family photos on the day of the wedding. We fell in love with this swing…can’t wait to use that on the wedding day! Weeeeeeee…
Not too high now…
Looks like turtles can fly….
REFLECTING on their life together…cheesy, I know, but I couldn’t resist. Sorry!
Some solo portraits of our lovebirds…
And a final kiss at sunset….ain’t life grand?
Avery & Tommy thank you for such a fun afternoon! You guys are wonderful and we’re so happy you chose to share this exciting and very special time in your lives with us. Can’t wait to document all of the love & goodness we just know will surround you as you say, “I do!” PS…is there any way we can see that Elton John & Ninja Turtle get up before then?
Big hugs to you both, Chris & Andy xo